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  1. I'm happy to see Davidson back with the Oilers. He has shown he can be a steady defender that can make a good first pass up the ice. If he can regain the form he showed 2 years ago, he'll be a keeper. Being a young defender he has not yet found that consistency that it takes to be a top defender, but maybe he'll get there someday. I'm hoping sooner rather than later.
  2. I have to admit I'm happily surprised by his success. I think the key to his success is that he realizes he has to use his big frame to gain an advantage. Keep it up Khaira.
  3. If we're going to turn things around, there isn't a better time than right now. I hope McDavid feels he has something to prove, that would be something to see. I would love to see McDavid light it up tonight, kick start the team to a winning spree that puts us back in a play off spot. Then we get our 1st string goalie and 2 top defenders back and hopefully PC pulls a trade that actually really improves the team. But I'll settle for a win even if we have to scrape by.
  4. I can't see why we would want to trade Nuge for Pacioretty, also I can't imagine why the Oilers would need to add to this deal? Nuge is younger, a center with improved faceoff numbers and has more points than Pacioretty. If there was any adding to the deal it should be going to the Oilers.
  5. Strome has looked much better lately and I love watching Puljujarvi's game evolve. I'm still hoping the sky is the limit for this kid(Puljujarvi). Someday I hope to see him on McDavid's wing, now that would be entertainment!
  6. Another thing to remember with Klefbom is that for some reason he never plays his best hockey till the end of November or the start of December. Many years it was because of being out of the lineup with injuries, but the fact remains he only plays his best hockey in the second half of the season. Maybe when he finally puts a full season in of good hockey we will have something. For my money Nurse is the guy that is really impressing me and looking like the player I always thought he would be. I still want him to progress much more, but for now he is making great strides in his game.
  7. Statistics show a small portion of the whole that has happened in the past. They can only give an indication of what may happen in the future and no more. Also statistics are no better than the person using them, from what I've been reading they have not been used very well from certain posters lately. The creators of the +/- statistic are probably wishing that certain posters would stop using them because they are making a mockery of that certain statistic.
  8. The game tonight looks like a good chance to put a few wins together and get some good mojo going. If the Oilers are going to make the playoffs they need to make all the next games count. No more half hearted efforts. From the top player to the bottom player, they have to bring their best efforts and play for each other. If they out work the other team they will give themselves a chance to win.
  9. I know what you mean, I'm waiting also. I think the problem is that we see he has the physical tools, but it's putting all the X's & O's in the right place at the right time. I believe the experience factor is what he needs to reach the next level. At the moment he still has to process the plays he's in as he's on the fly. Someday ( I hope) he'll just react from experience without having to figure the variables. In the Canucks loss he could have saved a Canuck PP goal by recognizing and clearing the net. He was one of three Oilers in front of the net and should have recognized the threat at Talbot's post and cleared it before watching the puck go in. I do believe that he will get it, the question is how soon? We shouldn't give up on him anytime soon since he has all the tools to be one of the best....some day.
  10. I really like McLellan as a coach, but why doesn't he want to try Nuge on Conner's right side. It's preseason, just try it, who knows it might work? We've been trying Strome, Puljujarvi, Yamamoto and now Leon. Why Leon when we already know it will work? Why not try Nuge and keep Leon as 2nd line center with Lucic. This way we get to see what will happen on the top line. Leon & Lucic keep developing chemistry and Yamamoto can play on their wing giving him big bodies to help create space for him. We get to see Strome at center on the 3rd line for more evaluation. The way the lines were set in today's practice you have Nuge and Yamamoto on the same line who are both lightweights and we already know that Leon is very capable as Conner's RW. These are just thoughts and maybe there is a reason McLellan doesn't want to try Nuge there, but they mentioned it in the off season that they might try Nuge there, SO TRY IT ALREADY! (sorry for shouting.)
  11. Excuse me for not looking up his recent stats. The Wheeler I was referring to was indeed Blake Wheeler. To my memory he was always a player who produced points at or near the top of his team but was never a "media darling". Had he played in another Market or have better pedigree he might have received a lot more attention. To my memory he was always consistent at around 60 some points but as you point out he has upped his point totals the last couple of years. That is why I called him underrated which I thought you were doing. The thing is if you were putting Purcell at the same level as Wheeler that helps explain your confusion to me.
  12. When they took Maroon off McDavid's line for a short time last year he still produced. Then he was back on McDavid's line again.
  13. Speaking only of contracts, Nurse is the only one you listed that might get a big raise and that's still to be debated over how well he plays this year. You did miss Talbot and he will need a big raise when the time comes. Strome has not proved he will stay let alone deserve an increase yet, Cagguila and Benning may deserve raises but may not need excessive raises. Letestu and Jokinen are aging and looking at short term salaries for probably not that a big of raises. Nurse and Talbot are the next big contracts and if we are lucky the cap goes up each year.
  14. And clearly he is working on his deficits. You could see at times he is still figuring it out, but at other times you can see he is getting more accustomed to the NHL style, flow and different ice size. While he is clearly figuring it all out, you can see his offensive instincts are certainly there. For you to predict he only has a ceiling of a Wheeler or Purcell is very premature and short sighted. I don't care if he starts the season in the AHL or the NHL, but I do care that he keeps showing the passion and explosiveness he showed last night. The physicality will come along with his confidence. You could see last night how he batted in the corner and held his own and you could see he was a bit surprised at his own strength, this reminded me of how Draisaitl didn't realize his own strength and power at first either. Look how he turned out. I don't know if he'll ever be that good, but I'm pretty sure his ceiling is higher than Wheeler or Purcell. Keep in mind that Wheeler has been underrated his whole career and really has been a pretty decent player who is on the downward slope the last couple of years.
  15. That is really good news, I heard it on TSN last night and was happy and relieved. Not as relieved as I will be when we sign him. I prefer a 2 year term, but if PC goes longer I won't have a problem with that. A big body that has good hands and good offensive instincts is very good to have, especially if that big body is a passionate Oiler who won't hesitate to get physical and generally acts as an enforcer. This guy was a steal and I still can't believe how perfect of a fit he has been for what we needed.